 Problem of the Week Updated at Sep 16, 2019 4:41 PM

For this week we've brought you this equation problem.

How would you solve $$\frac{u}{4\times 5}\times \frac{u-3}{5}=-\frac{1}{50}$$?

Here are the steps:

$\frac{u}{4\times 5}\times \frac{u-3}{5}=-\frac{1}{50}$

 1 Simplify  $$4\times 5$$  to  $$20$$.$\frac{u}{20}\times \frac{u-3}{5}=-\frac{1}{50}$2 Simplify  $$\frac{u}{20}\times \frac{u-3}{5}$$  to  $$\frac{u(u-3)}{100}$$.$\frac{u(u-3)}{100}=-\frac{1}{50}$3 Multiply both sides by $$100$$.$u(u-3)=-2$4 Expand.${u}^{2}-3u=-2$5 Move all terms to one side.${u}^{2}-3u+2=0$6 How?Factor $${u}^{2}-3u+2$$.1 Ask: Which two numbers add up to $$-3$$ and multiply to $$2$$?$$-2$$ and $$-1$$2 Rewrite the expression using the above.$(u-2)(u-1)$To get access to all 'How?' and 'Why?' steps, join Cymath Plus!$(u-2)(u-1)=0$7 How?Solve for $$u$$.1 Ask: When will $$(u-2)(u-1)$$ equal zero?When $$u-2=0$$ or $$u-1=0$$2 Solve each of the 2 equations above.$u=2,1$To get access to all 'How?' and 'Why?' steps, join Cymath Plus!$u=2,1$Done u=2,1